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Yahoo teams up with Oracle to one up Google

Yahoo teams up with Oracle to one up Google

When a former search giant trails well behind even something like Microsoft's Bing, you know that it is in a world of trouble. That might be the situation that Yahoo has continually found itself in, and CEO Marissa Mayer is not shy about taking drastic, even unpopular, steps to change that image. In a shareholder meeting, Mayer revealed that the company struck a deal with Oracle to rope in more users to use its search services. How? By asking users if they want to change their browser's default search engine whenever they install or update Java.

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Yahoo revamps its mobile searching within mobile browsers

Yahoo revamps its mobile searching within mobile browsers

Yahoo has made some new changes to its mobile browsing experience. What this means for users is that if you want to search for a restaurant, you'll be able to get all kinds of information particular to the restaurant on one screen. Instead of having to click through link after link, you'll be able to find reviews, directions and make a reservations from a single query. Yahoo's new approach is to make the most of a small screen by surfacing relevant information and grouping all together for easier touch access. The new layout is currently only available in the United States, but it could roll out to other regions, eventually.

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Bing gives its video search a makeover

Bing gives its video search a makeover

Microsoft's underdog search engine, Bing, wants to be your destination for video searching on the Internet, especially music videos. This isn't the 90s when music videos were relegated to television. Music videos are consumed online at a pace that rivals actual songs. Thanks to some new improvements, Bing can help you find the video you're looking for faster, with less junk in the way. Now, Bing's video search results feature larger thumbnails, making the results easier to scan at a glance.

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France pressures Google to make ‘right to be forgotten’ delistings global

France pressures Google to make ‘right to be forgotten’ delistings global

As Google has been slowly following orders from European courts in honoring "right to be forgotten" requests, France has found the search engine giant may not be doing all it can to remove unwanted links. French privacy watchdog CNIL says that when Google does delist a requested link, they are only removing it from search results within Europe. The regulator has ordered Google to make the delistings apply globally within 15 days, or sanctions will be imposed.

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Lycos aims for a comeback with password storing ring and fitness band

Lycos aims for a comeback with password storing ring and fitness band

Lycos, one of the many search engines that didn't make it past the early boom years of the Internet is coming out with some wearable tech devices. The company's current embodiment isn't the same as when it rivaled other mid-1990's search engines like Alta Vista. It was bought by Ybrant Digital in 2010. Lycos' new, wearable Lycos Life devices The Band and The Ring want to be your "personal security manager," storing passwords and personal data in lackluster packaging.

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Need info on Marvel comics? There’s a search tool for that

Need info on Marvel comics? There’s a search tool for that

Thanks to a handful of hit films and TV series, both from Marvel and DC, the comics industry is experiencing a boom period. But for those who are new to the scene, or even those returning from a hiatus, taking it all in can be a bit daunting. And searching on Google spews out results that are just as overwhelming, discouraging, and even confusing. Fortunately, at least for the Marvel camp, there is a new third-party tool that can help sift through it all, with information coming straight from the horse's mouth.

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NASA has big plans for DARPA’s scary “Deep Web”

NASA has big plans for DARPA’s scary “Deep Web”

NASA is weighing in on the Memex "Deep Web" search project, hoping to harness DARPA's at-times ominous index to crunch vast quantities of space data. A team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to add a contextual layer to search, not only allowing the system to view webpages more like humans might, but even capable of drawing links between images and individual frames of videos. If it succeeds, it could be a much-needed blast of positive PR for a project that has become mired in controversy.

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Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Many things we search for online are things many other people are also interested in…and talking about. That talking more often than not takes place on Twitter, though, and so you’re forced to split your searching efforts with a little bit of Google here, a little bit of Twitter there. That comes to an end today, as Google has announced the two worlds have collided and its search results will include real-time tweets relevant to whatever you’re browsing, whether it’s a recent season finale or some popular segment of news.

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Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Mobile internet searches are surpassing desktop searches, leading search engines to adapt their results to the smaller screens of mobile users. Last month, Google announced that it reworked its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites. This left website owners scrambling to make their sites mobile-friendly by the April 21st deadline, lest they get buried behind competitors in search results. Not to be left out, Bing announced that it is revamping its algorithm too, giving mobile-friendly sites a boost in search results.

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In a win for the lazy, Google makes food delivery even simpler

In a win for the lazy, Google makes food delivery even simpler

The best thing about delivery is that it's practically instant. I'm not sure if American's are getting busier or lazier, but the market for food delivery has really grown over the past few years. It used to be that you'd have to keep a Pizza Hut magnet on your fridge to remember their phone number. Back in the day, you'd need to keep a drawer full of take-out menus just to remember what local delivery options exist. Nowadays, there aren't many hurdles to ordering a pizza before, but Google's newest search feature plans to make it even simpler.

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Google search will favor mobile-friendly sites starting today

Google search will favor mobile-friendly sites starting today

Google will soon be using its clout, weight, and ubiquity to push forward a cause that, on face value, should benefit many users. The web search giant has started a rather aggressive campaign to encourage website owners to make their pages more mobile-friendly. Starting April 21, however, that won't simply be a suggestion anymore. Google search results on mobile will start to rank sites that have mobile friendly pages higher than those without one, a decision that could ruffle a few feathers in the process.

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Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

The European Union is aiming for Google this month with a statement of objections. They've made allegations that Google isn't doing what they should when it comes to their super-dominant search engine. They suggest that what Google is doing with their search engine is selling products when they should simply be providing the public with this service without destroying their competition in the process. The European Union suggests that Google can keep doing what they're doing now - just so long as they're not found guilty of doing so in a way that allows no competition to realistically compete.

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